Thursday, 9 June 2016

9th June 2016

Weather: SE force 4/5  warm again with hazy sunshine
A short visit was vivified by the finding of 4 Shoveler (including 3 males) on the east hoyle tide edge. Shoveler are still very scarce birds at Hilbre (especially in mid-summer) although generally less so in the last few years.
record shot of Shoveler with Oystercatcher (CJ)
Other sightings were more expected with 8 Swifts and 2 House Martins heading into the southerly airstream, and around the islands were noted 8 Black-headed Gulls, 500 Herring Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, a Little Egret and a single Bar-tailed Godwit. Only 4 Painted Lady butterflies could be found this morning with 2 Red Admirals and a Green Veined White.
Ringed: 1 Linnet, 1 Meadow Pipit             [ 294-26 ]

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